Inside The Orange Box: One Coffee Table Two Ways

23
MAY
2014

Happy Friday to you!

We hope you guys have enjoyed our new Inside The Orange Box column that we’ve been adding to every Friday! Today’s edition is different from what we’ve been doing, but useful and interesting nonetheless!

Today, two of our designers style the same coffee table in their very own ways (without getting to see how the other designer styled it!) They each share a few tips and ideas on what went into their thought processes! We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

One Coffee Table, Two Ways by two Interior Designers // SummerHouse

DESIGN #1 BY DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

Elish shares a bit about her design:

“I thought the beautiful driftwood coffee table called for a down-to-earth lake house vibe. When accessorizing a coffee table I usually divide the space into quadrants. This helps the task seem a bit more manageable.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

I broke form a bit by using the large statement greyhound as a focal point. Everything else supported, rather than distracted from that large piece.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

I firmly believe one can never have too many books – choosing books with complimentary bindings helps create a cohesive palette as well. Varying heights also aids in creating a layered look. Hint: Build height from the outside in, bottom to top.”

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

DESIGN #2 BY DESIGNER KATY HINES

Katy gives the ins and outs on her design:

“For the overall design, I went with a palette of whites and creams to lend a soft look then added a deep blue for a punch of color and contrast.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

I love to accessorize with books. They tell a story and make your space personal. Display books about the things you love – design, gardening, cooking…whatever interests you!

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Fresh cut flowers can bring a room to life and instantly welcome you into a space. If you don’t have the time (or patience), go artificial! SummerHouse has some beautiful arrangements to help you achieve this look.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Trays help to create a layered look without cluttering your space. Add one or two thoughtful accessories. This can be something sentimental or it might just be your favorite decor item like a piece of pottery or a small sculpture.”

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Thank you, Elish and Katy! We love both designs and how different they are from one another!

Look for more Inside The Orange Box posts on multiple designers accessorizing the same piece in the near future!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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In The Pages Of Portico

24
APRIL
2014

PORTICO Jackson, a local favorite amongst the magazines in our area, has so kindly featured SummerHouse in a feature on how to build a dream home from start to finish!

Portico, April 2014 // SummerHouse

The two photos they chose to print are from two of our favorite homes!

We love the coziness that both of these rooms portray. Warm, comfortable, and incredibly stylish!

How to Build A Dream Home From Start To Finish // Portico, April 2014 // SummerHouse

How to Build A Dream Home From Start To Finish // Portico, April 2014 // SummerHouse

Do you love these rooms as much as we do?!

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Winter Whites in Social South

08
JANUARY
2014

The new issue of Social South is out! And it is gorgeous!

Social South features SummerHouse

In this issue, you can find a great story (by our very own Laurel) and some fab photos (by our lovely photographer Anna!) of a bedroom (and adjoining bath) that designer Chelsea Sirmons put together! The title of this story is, appropriately, Winter Whites!

Check out the full story on pages 24 and 25 by clicking here!

Social South features SummerHouse

Here are a few larger images of this same room just for fun… We hope you love it!

Winter White Bedroom by designer Chelsea Sirmons // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Winter White Bedroom by designer Chelsea Sirmons // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Winter White Bathroom by designer Chelsea Sirmons // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Winter White Bedroom by designer Chelsea Sirmons // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Winter White Bathroom by designer Chelsea Sirmons // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

What do you think? We love how Chelsea used so many of the client’s existing pieces when creating this soft, updated look. We love mixing old and new!

Speaking of our dear Chelsea… Since her husband was transferred to South Carolina in December, we find ourselves in need of another interior designer/sales associate! So we’re hiring!

If you are interested in this position or know someone who is, please take a look at this blog post with more information about the job. We’d love to hear from those of you who are qualified! 🙂

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Clean and Inviting

02
JANUARY
2014

Today we have a beautiful project by designer Casey Jenkins to show you! This Master Bedroom turned out exactly how Casey and her clients wanted it, which is always the best outcome! We’ll let Casey tell you a little more about the project!

Bedroom by designer Casey Jenkins // SummerHouse

“The clients started off needing a desk for their office. They were very particular about color finishes and function for their everyday use. Then focus shifted to completing the Living Room.

When I proposed the Living Room, they were so inspired that we decided to complete other rooms as well! This is where we decided to do the Master Bedroom, which is always my favorite room to design! In a Master Bedroom, it is easy to lock down purpose for furniture pieces as well as comfort for the client.”

Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Casey Jenkins | SummerHouse

“These two young clients loved the color palette that was presented to them, and we got started right away! It may be hard to capture by photograph, but the back wall is lined with a Schumacher ivory and matte gold Greek key design. The drapery fabric has an embroidered linen abstract vertical design providing movement and color. The bed was custom made by a local artisan with a light cream linen insert.

We went with all custom pillows and went between slight variations of fabric colors ranging from ivory to light and charcoal blue. The Moore Council Washed Oak Chests are fabulous with a secret door at the top!”

Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Casey Jenkins | SummerHouse

“My favorite wall in this room houses 9 Lauren LaChance botanicals. They bring such a warmth to the space and sense of nature into this serene room! The small slip-covered Lee chairs allow for a small reading area with custom Hodsoll McKenzie embroidered pillows.”

Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Casey Jenkins | SummerHouse

“I so enjoy working with these clients that allow me to present to them what I believe is best for them in their everyday environment. The home’s interior now feels so clean and inviting, just the way we wanted it!”

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Fenwick Residence

26
NOVEMBER
2013

Designer Elizabeth Gullett recently completed a FABULOUS project that we wanted to share with you! We got Elizabeth to tell us a little about this beautiful kitchen and bathroom, and a little about her thought process, while working on the Fenwick Residence…

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“This kitchen was designed for a young, hip, growing family. It needed to be modern and crisp, but still warm and approachable. The creamy white cabinets and wall color make one of my favorite combos: Benjamin Moore Moonlight White and Simply White. The touches of warm brass on the lighting and hardware give a touch of the past, but in a fresh new way. The dark walnut island adds a big shot of warmth and richness- without it, I think this kitchen would have felt cold and boring. Sunbrella slipcovers on the island barstools will hold up to lots of spaghetti- just bleach these babies!”

Design by Elizabeth Gullett

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“This bathroom is one of my favorite parts of the house. A sculptural soaking tub makes a strong focal point immediately as you enter, grounded by the silk pendant overhead. The marble is everywhere- the floors, the walls, and then detailed on the shower floor and ceiling. Huge glass shower doors on each side keep it clean and open. The same Moonlight White and Simply White paint that was used in the kitchen is repeated here. The hardware color changed to polished nickel, giving a clean, crisp feeling. (Note: mixing metals in a house can be great- it gives depth and interest from room to room! I used soft satin brass, polished nickel, and bronzed iron in this house.)”

Fenwick Residence Bathroom by Designer Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse

Fenwick Residence Bathroom by Designer Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse

Great job, Elizabeth! We’re in love… Keep up the fab work!

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Heaven Is This Guest Room

16
OCTOBER
2013

Lisa recently completed a guest room project that is pretty much perfection…

Heaven is this Guest Room // SummerHouse

Lisa on the project:

“I’ve worked with this client for years so I’m familiar with her style. I kind of had a blank slate in this room.

My client loves a mix of modern and vintage. She also loves white. She owned a bowfront antique chest that had beautiful walnut veneer and also an old gold leaf caned bench. So those were the two vintage pieces. We also added a reproduction bergere that I had painted.”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“Everything in the room is airy, light, white, and cream. But the trick in a all white and cream room is mixing textures. Because if you don’t, you get boring. In this space, you’ve got cottons, you’ve got silk, silk velvet, wool and sisal, white resin on the side table, with a little gold leaf… Just lots of texture.”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“We also mixed high priced items with lower priced items. We did a high low thing. The fuzzy throw at the end of the bed is from Pottery Barn! And the rug wasn’t expensive. But the silk velvet pillow… That cost a little bit!”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“The end result is a guest room that is calming, light, comfortable, refined, and refreshing!”

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Seeking Interior Design Assistant

16
SEPTEMBER
2013

SummerHouse is growing again!

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Because of you, our wonderful clients, our business continues to grow and we are expanding our staff! We recently promoted a design assistant to Interior Designer, and now we are looking to fill that design assistant position!

We’re looking for an energetic, responsible, professional, organized person with a degree in Interior Design and/or significant experience in the interior design field to fill this position. This is a full-time position with a really fun team of people in a fast-paced, high-style environment. If you meet these qualifications and are interested in learning more about the position, please email toddprince@summerhousestyle.com with your resume!

We’re excited about this growth and look forward to adding another member to our already incredible team!

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10 Lovely Living Rooms

08
AUGUST
2013

The Living Room. The Den. The Family Room.

Whatever you and your family call yours, we all know how important it is for that room to look good! Living Rooms are certainly in the running as the most used room in any family’s home, so we’re showcasing all different styles!

Here are 10 Lovely Living Rooms for inspiration and viewing pleasure, all designed by SummerHouse designers!

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10 LOVELY LIVING ROOMS // SUMMERHOUSE

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

For more lovely SummerHouse designs, only in bedrooms, take a look at this post!

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Lisa In JFP

23
JULY
2013

Our very own Lisa Palmer was highlighted in a recent issue of Jackson Free Press! As the featured Jacksonian a couple of weeks ago, Lisa shares a little about the history of SummerHouse and about how what was once just a little design business has grown to be so much more!

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Click HERE to read the full article. Enjoy!

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Non-Beachy Beachy

10
JULY
2014

Designer Elizabeth Gullet has been published (again!) This time, she’s in Social South magazine, which all of us just adore! This particular home is in Florida’s Santa Rosa Beach and it is, as Elizabeth and her clients say, “non-beachy beachy.”

The subtle coastal hints are soft, soothing, and perfectly relaxing. Take a look!
(AND, take note that this space is also on the COVER of the magazine!)

SummerHouse in Social South

Social South, July/August issue

Social South, July/August issue

Social South, July/August issue

And here’s our happy designer with her design! 🙂

Designer Elizabeth Gullett

Great work, Elizabeth! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the next one!

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Outdoor Oasis

20
MAY
2013

Designer Todd Prince and his lovely assistant Tina had quite a busy week last week! They had two major installs, both of which we’re excited to tell you about! One was interior and one was exterior, so today we’re sharing the exterior one! With the lovely weather we had over the weekend, it just seems appropriate to keep up the spirit of outdoor entertaining…

OUTDOOR OASIS BY TODD PRINCE .// SUMMERHOUSE, RIDGELAND MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

This beautiful outdoor oasis is open, breezy, and (of course) weather proof! Todd picked all of the furniture from a couple of our favorite outdoor lines: Lee Industries and Summer Classics. It all blends together so perfectly!

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

All of the custom detail (like the custom banding on the bottom of the dining chairs, and the specially made drapery hardware) make this space interesting and personal as well as beautiful.

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS
Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS
Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Gorgeous outdoor fabrics from Perennials (notice the contrast fabrics on the white arm chairs!), Nomi, Donghia, and Dedar add just the perfect amount of color and texture…

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MSAfter a hard day’s work, these clients were ready to throw an amazing outdoor soiree!

Well done, Todd and Tina! We love!

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Photo Shoot at a Pretty House

15
MAY
2013

Yesterday, we had a great time at a dear client’s beautiful home getting set up for a photo shoot for the Mistletoe Marketplace Steering Committee!

Photo Shoot at a Beautiful House

Talented photographer Allison Muirhead got some great shots of the fun Junior League gals (and talking to all of them got us excited about Mistletoe Marketplace even though it’s not until November!)

While the photo session was going on, we walked around the rest of the house and snapped a few shots of this GORGEOUS home. Here are a few teasers… More photos to come in the very near future!

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

More photos of this home will be up next week! Stay tuned!

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Garden & Gun

26
MARCH
2013

We’re pretty excited…

Why, you ask?

Our first ever Garden & Gun ad has just come out! The newest issue of this fabulous magazine (all about the best food/art/interiors/music/sport/travel the South has to offer) is a GREAT one.

We’re excited to be in the pages of this publication amongst some of the South’s hottest!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Take a minute to flip through and please come back and let us know what you think of our ad (which is on page 68!) And for more photos from the interior featured in the ad (designed by Elizabeth Gullett), go to this page of our website!

SummerHouse's Ad in Garden & Gun

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Meet Chelsea Sirmons

Chelsea SirmonsMeet Chelsea Sirmons (that’s Sirmons with an “r!”), our new Design Assistant! She just moved to Mississippi from Georgia and we have loved getting to know her! We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her a little better, too! 

Laurel: You just moved here from Georgia, right? What made you move to good ‘ol Mississippi?

Chelsea: My husband, Brad, received a job offer and we made the move from Savannah, Georgia at the end of September.

Laurel: What interiors magazine or blog do you find the most inspirational?

Chelsea: I find inspiration almost anywhere! My favorite interiors magazine would definitely be Traditional Home, though.

Laurel: What are three items that you just absolutely cannot live without?

Chelsea: Coffee would probably be the only item… I absolutely cannot live without my family and friends!

Laurel: What’s your favorite movie?

Chelsea: Gone with the Wind… Love the story, the setting, the characters portrayed…

Laurel: Coffee, Traditional Home, Gone with the Wind… You’re our kind of girl! 😉 Anything else we should know about you?!

Chelsea: I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Interior Design. Fun fact… I have an identical twin sister who is also an interior designer!

Thanks Chelsea! And thanks for all the major help you’ve given everyone up here so far! Do yourself a favor and come meet this girl! (We have a new designer, so while you’re at it, come meet him too! You can read all about Todd in an older post!) In the words of Lisa Palmer, “This girl is the queen of organizing!” Chelsea, you’re just what SummerHouse needed! 

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Sweet Master Suite

Check out this beautiful master bedroom/bathroom that Lisa designed for one of our favorite clients. The warm browns with the little bursts of color make this space comfortable, masculine, livable, and totally envy-worthy! 🙂 What do YOU love most about this space?

The designs on these pillows are actually from a couple Lynn Green Root paintings that Lisa commissioned specifically for this client. She then had the custom designs embroidered onto pillows.

See the paintings on the right in the picture above? Those are the aforementioned Lynn Green Root pieces!

As always, Rachel Kabukala did a great job on photographing! Check out the guest rooms and outdoor area of this same home! If you can’t tell, we’re in love with this house… 🙂

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Let’s Celebrate Friday with New Photos!

Remember the behind the scenes pictures we posted earlier this week of Rachel Kabukala in action at our Eastbrooke client’s home? (You can see them here if you missed them.) Anyway, here are our favorite photos of this condo’s living room… We’ll show you more rooms next week! This is just a little teaser to get your weekend started off right! Enjoy!

If these pictures don’t make you happy, then…. We need to talk! Have a great, safe weekend and we’ll see you back next week!

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Behind the Scenes: Eastbrooke Photo Shoot

Y’all have seen this house before. It is our most dramatic Before and Afters to date (which you can see here) and the customer holds an extra special place in our hearts! Rachel Kabukala, who has sort of become our house photographer!, was over there taking pictures the other day. We can’t wait to show you the finished products! Until that time, here are a few behind the scenes shots…

This house is so beautiful, and the colors make it so photogenic! We’ll post the finished pictures as soon as we can! Have a fabulous Wednesday!

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Feature in Portico Jackson

We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago!  We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…

Page 1. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 2. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 3. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.

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Behind the Scenes: Portico Photo Shoot

This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design!  Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind!  Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?”  They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase!  As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design.  Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot.  We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂

The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery.  His color palette and style are always so much fun!

All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water.  How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!

Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…

The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space. 

Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!

 This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot.  They make some great looking furniture!

Daphne and Lisa getting set up!

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